A commitment to think differently about disability and find ways of improving how to attract, recruit and retain disabled workers has been made by NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The CCG has become a Disability Confident committed employer under the government run scheme, which helps employers to draw from the widest possible pool of talent.
Carmel O’Brien, NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG’s Chief Nurse, said: “As the largest CCG in England, it is important that we help to challenge attitudes towards disability and increase understanding.
“As an employer we are committed to improve how we attract, recruit and retain disabled workers, helping to remove barriers to those with a disability or a long term health condition, ensuring they have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential.
“We are very proud to have achieved this first level as a Disability Confident committed employer and will be demonstrating our commitment by ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible, as well as continuing to guarantee an interview to disabled people who meet the job specification criteria.”
The scheme has three levels:
As a Disability Confident committed employer, the CCG will also communicate and promote vacancies; anticipate and make reasonable adjustments for those with a disability; as well as supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.